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Kyriakos Amiridis: Greek ambassador killed by wife’s lover; Brazilian police say

Kyriakos Amiridis: Greek ambassador killed by wife's lover, Brazilian police say

Investigators said Kyriakos Amiridis is thought to have been stabbed to death by 29-year-old police officer Sergio Moreira at the behest of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife, Francoise Amiridis. According to Moreira, he and Mrs Amiridis, 40, were romantically involved and planned the killing together. Yet she has denied any involvement in her husband’s death. One investigator said: ‘She falls into ... Read More »

Cristina Fernandez: Ex-Argentine president indicted in corruption case

Cristina Fernandez: Ex-Argentine president indicted in corruption case

Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been indicted for corruption. A federal judge accused them and other officials of the Fernandez administration of crimes “including the deliberate seizure of funds principally meant for public road works.” Two former aides – ex-Planning Minister Julio de Vido and former Public Works Secretary Jose Lopez – were also named, along with ... Read More »

Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi: Iraqi journalist kidnapped from house

Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi: Iraqi journalist kidnapped from house

Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi, a veteran journalist and employee of the Iraqi Culture Ministry, was taken from her home in Baghdad’s southwestern Saydiyah neighborhood. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was seized around 10pm Monday in the Saidiya neighborhood, say security officials. “Eight armed men burst into her house in Saidiya dressed in plain clothes and entered by pretending to belong to the security ... Read More »

Fire in central Itoigawa, Japan engulfs 140 buildings

Fire in central Itoigawa, Japan engulfs 140 buildings

A fire whipped up by strong winds has so far engulfed about 140 buildings in Itoigawa City on the Japan Sea coast. The fire broke out on Thursday around 10.30am at a restaurant in the heart of the city and quickly resulted in a huge column of smoke around 300 meters high. It led to the evacuation of hundreds and ... Read More »

Putin: Andrey Karlov murder ‘provocation’ to hurt Turkey ties

Putin: Andrey Karlov murder 'provocation' to hurt Turkey ties

In a televised statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara a clear provocation aimed at derailing the Syrian peace negotiations. Putin also confirmed that Russia had opened a criminal investigation into the shooting of Andrey Karlov, as well as calling for increased security at its embassies around the globe. In a televised address ... Read More »

Turkey policeman assassinates Russia envoy in Ankara (Video)

Turkey policeman assassinates Russia envoy in Ankara (Video)

The world is still reeling from the tragic and shocking assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey — and now we know the late gunman has been identified as Mevlut Mert Atlintas. CNN reported that Altintas, 22, was a police officer from the Soke district of the western province of Aydin. According to Turkish news outlet the Hurriyet ... Read More »

Nine dead as truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market (Video)

Nine dead as truck crashes into Berlin Christmas market (Video)

A truck plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, killing at least nine and injuring dozens of people, Berlin police said. Around 50 others were injured, including four seriously, and the suspected driver has been arrested, possibly close to the city zoo. A passenger reportedly died in the crash which happened at the popular market outside the ... Read More »

Princeton Men’s Swim Team Suspended Over Vulgar Materials

Princeton Men's Swim Team Suspended Over Vulgar Materials

Princeton’s men’s swimming and diving team has been suspended from competition for the duration of the 2016-17 season, effective immediately, according to a Princeton University press release. Athletic Director Mollie Marcoux Samaan ’91 announced the suspension Dec. 15. According to a University release, a complaint made earlier this week alerted administrators to content that was “misogynistic and racist in nature,” ... Read More »

Mikhail Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

Mikhail Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

Mikhail Gorbachev almost certainly never saw this coming. When the Soviet Union dissolved at the end of 1991, it seemed, for all intents and purposes, that the West had won the Cold War. Speaking to the BBC on the 25th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse, which followed his resignation from power in 1991, Gorbachev said his imperative was to ... Read More »

What Feud? Lady Gaga praises ‘inspiring’ Madonna

What Feud? Lady Gaga praises 'inspiring' Madonna

After years of being pitted against each other in a music industry that seems to only have room for one unapologetic pop diva at a time, Gaga has finally extended an olive branch to Madonna. So, after Madonna gave a heartfelt speech while accepting the Billboard Woman of the Year Award, in which she detailed just how tough her journey ... Read More »